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They prioritise buying
themselves high end vehicles
while the general service
vehicles are grounded.
RUWA RESIDENT

IN May 2021, President Mnangagwa
handed over 18 double cab trucks to
chiefs at a ceremony held at a hotel in
Harare.
Each truck costs not less than US$35,000.
The news came at the same time it was
revealed that the country’s largest city of
Bulawayo only had six police vehicles
covering a population of 650,000.
Over the past year, government has spent
millions of dollars for top military chiefs’
vehicles and recently it was announced
that President Mnangagwa was in the
process of purchasing a new helicopter for
US$18 million, presumably ahead of the
2023 election campaign.
In July last year government purchased
dozens of cars including Range Rovers
and Toyota pick-up trucks worth more
than $40,000, each and were distributed to
ambassadors and senior civil servants.
In June last year, government splurged
millions of dollars on top-of-the-range
vehicles, which include Toyota Hilux and
Land Cruisers, for senior military officials
and lieutenant-colonels. Colonels and
brigadier-generals were among officers
who benefitted from the vehicle
acquisition.
Last year, government also spent millions
to purchase top-of-the-range vehicles for
nearly 50 ambassadors posted across the
globe at a time when the State was failing
to pay agitated civil servants a living wage.

Ironically,
all
the
senior
government officials in all the
ministries drive top of the range
vehicles. But when it comes to
service vehicles that which are
supposed to go out into the
field, ministries always struggle
to have even a single truck per
district.
Examples of these include the
critical ministries of Health and
Education,
the
Zimbabwe
Republic
Police
and
the
Department of Social Welfare.
In the health ministry, the
majority of ambulances are
donated
by
local
and

international non-governmental
organisations, yet the top
health ministry officials have
high-end vehicles bought for
them by government.
This, in many ways shows a
trend, where government has
proved that its priorities are in
more ways, not about the
general citizens. One might ask
for whose benefit is spending
millions of dollars on luxury
items and monuments when the
nation is in a situation where
basic social service delivery is
dead?

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